Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker is on the verge of making his comeback from a long-term injury.
The right-back has been out of competitive action for nine months with an abdominal injury and is set to feature against Besiktas in Istanbul in the Europa League on Thursday.
Walker is regarded by many as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, and he has set his sights on earning a England recall.
It will not be easy for Walker as Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne has impressed in his two England matches, but he is relishing the challenge.
“I’ve been in this position before,” The Daily Mail quotes the 24-year-old as saying. “When I came in for England, there were Micah Richards and Glen Johnson in front of me.
“Now obviously with my injury and Glen not really getting into the team, Nathaniel has come in and done really well. I think there is such tough competition in the England team, not just at right-back but for all the positions.
“But I relish the opportunity to compete against the best in my position. That will only make me better as a player.”
Walker will need some time to get into rhythm, but the next England game is in late March, meaning that he does have a very good chance of playing into manager Roy Hodgson’s plans.
It will be interesting to see how Walker responds to his injury and how long it takes him to regain his form, but from his comments it is clear that he is ready to re-establish himself as one of the finest right-backs in England.